Durham Museum and Heritage Centre
Durham Museum & Heritage Centre is located right in the centre of Durham City opposite to the east end of Durham Cathedral.
Founded in 1976, Durham Museum occupies the redundant parish church of St. Mary-le-Bow, situated next to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle.
The museum presents the history of the Durham from medieval times to the present day. It contains a variety of objects, models, pictures and audio-visual materials. These displays, together with the accompanying text, provide the visitor with an overview of life, labour and leisure in this ancient fortified city, major centre of pilgrimage and capital of the Prince Bishops of Durham.
On one side of the museum is a garden which is open to visitors when the weather permits. In the garden are two superb works by renowned local sculptor, Fenwick Lawson.
Durham Museum sculpture garden contains two superb works by renowned Durham sculptor, Fenwick Lawson.
Durham museum also features a centre for making brass rubbings and a small shop.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£2.50 per ticket type|
|Child||£1.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£2.00 per ticket type|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Following Government guidelines on Museum Re-opening, as well as advice from the Association of Independent Museums, and regional Museum Development team support.
The guidelines state that a working group (Durham Museum Management Committee) should undertake a risk assessment ahead of re-opening, which is publicly available here:
During your visit to Durham Museum, we ask:
- Please wear a mask at all times
- Please keep to one group per marked area
- Please maintain social distancing
- Please do not touch the museum displays
- Please follow the arrows & one-way system
- Our volunteers will be on hand throughout your visit; please ask if you require assistance.
|Handling money||Contactless payment & cash payments into honesty jar.|
|Arrival||Perspex screen on desk.
Face mask for visitors.
Well ventilated waiting area for visitors.
|Social distancing||Maintain 1 metre plus between visitors.
One-way route around displays.
Displays marked into bays.
Each visitor (or group) in one bay at a time. Entrance through Museum Garden & exit through porch to street.
|Compliance||Provide written instructions to visitors on entry, explaining how to proceed around museum.|
|Toilets||Not available to public.|
Covid-19 Risk Assessment for Visitors
Re-opening the museum from Saturday 22 May 2021.
From Saturday 22nd May until October 2021, the museum will be open at weekends and on bank holidays from 11am to 4.30pm.
Durham Museum is located right in the centre of the City of Durham on the corner of North Bailey and Bow Lane, just opposite the east end of Durham Cathedral. For a map of the City of Durham showing the position of the museum, please see www.google.co.uk.
Once at the museum, the ground floor is generally accessible and it can be explored by wheelchair. However, the gallery where videos and a few exhibits are on show is not accessible to wheelchair users. Videos can be viewed downstairs on request, though.